Turn On Smartphone NFC Support

By Robert R. Sabella

You can’t use Near Field Communication (NFC) on your smartphone until you turn the support on (except in the case of Apple smartphones, for which support is always on, but in this case, you use NFC only for payments in the Apple operating environment). Having to turn the support on means that you can’t accidentally start an NFC conversation (even though that’s already difficult given the proximity required to start one).

However, it also means that you must take specific action to turn the support on before you can use NFC to perform tasks. In general, you need to perform these generic steps to turn the support on:

  1. Access the settings for your smartphone.
  2. Locate the communication settings.
  3. Change the NFC setting so that it reads on instead of off.

    Some smartphones, such as the Windows Phone, include separate settings for each NFC activity, such as sharing information and paying for products. You must turn each activity on separately.

  4. Exit the settings.

Of course, your smartphone may require a little more interaction than these generic steps provide. Here are a few of the more common smartphone sites where you can find specific instructions for your phone:

You can find a listing of smartphones that provide NFC support here. This listing provides links in most cases to the vendor sites where you can find additional information on how to turn on NFC support for a particular smartphone. The individual write-ups also tell you about the level of NFC support each smartphone provides so that you know what to expect from your smartphone in the way of tasks.